“My name is Roy Sullivan and I’m the guy who was struck by lightning 7 times and survived”. I was hoping to find a way to make an audio of the quoted writing to sound like the prologue of “the flash” series. I’m sure he’d be the Barry Allen of our time if he still was alive. The human conductor, as many called him due to these happenings lived till 1983 where he died. Not from lightning but from the rejection of love which made him commit suicide at his 71st year in life. I’m sure his Iris West didn’t stay so long with him as Barry’s did. His wife wasn’t called Iris. It’s an analogy I’m trying to make with our fiction and this actual event.
A funny statement was made by Sullivan in the days he was interviewed. He said this,” For instance, I was walking with Chief Ranger one day when lightning struck way off (in the distance). The Chief said, ‘I’ll see you later”. Sullivan made it known to the reporter that he was avoided by a lot of people out of the fear that they’d also be struck by lightning. Sullivan was a ranger in the Shenandoah National Park as at 1936.
The first documented attraction Sullivan had with lightning occurred in 1942 during a thunderstorm. He was hiding from the thunderstorm in a fire lookout tower which was newly built and had no lightning rod at the time. The tower was hit seven or eight times and fire began emanating all over the tower. In desperation to save himself, he ran out and just a few feet away, received what he considered to be his worst lightning strike. In 1969, he was hit again while driving on a mountain road. The lightning first hit nearby trees and was deflected into the open window of his truck. The strike knocked Sullivan unconscious and burned off his eyebrows, eyelashes and set his hair on fire. His uncontrolled truck kept moving until it halted at the edge of a cliff.
In 1970, Sullivan was hit on the left shoulder which injured him. This happened in his front yard. The lightning had hit a power transformer and moved towards his direction. In 1972, he was hit the fourth time which set his hair on fire. After the fourth count of the lightning strike, he began to believe special forces were after him so bad and didn’t know why.
Months after this strike, he pulled over whenever there was a storm, lied down until it was over. He carried a can of water with him wherever he went, to quench any fire which could develop on his hair by another strike. Sooner than later in 1973, August 7, Sullivan saw a storm cloud forming while he was out on patrol in the park. He drove away quickly but the cloud, he said, seemed to be following him. With the notion that he had outrun the storm and after deciding it was safe to not move again, the lightning struck him, leaving his hair on fire again.
Again, in 1876, June 5, a similar thing occurred where he said he saw a cloud approaching him but in trying to escape it, was struck again with an injury to his ankle. And as usual, his hair caught fire. His last recorded strike happened in 1977, June 25, while he was fishing in a freshwater pool. The lightning hit the top of his head, set his hair on fire, travelled down and burnt his chest and stomach.
All seven strikes were documented by the superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, R. Taylor Hoskins. It’s amazing and almost impossible with odds of getting struck seven times. Wow